Melissa Vera is the creator and contributor of four beautiful and informative blogs: Adventures of Frugal Mom, Champagne Style Bare Budget, Reading with Frugal Mom, and her most recent venture coming soon, The Writer and The Farmer.
If social distancing has taught me anything, it is to try my best to remain on a positive minded track. Have I done this consistently? Nope. I’ve had my meltdowns for sure, but through timeouts, interventions and prayer I find my way back. Here is a list I wrote down to remind myself to remain grateful and positive with the hope that this phase of life will end and a new better chapter will begin.
Fayetteville, NC- Jeremy Fiebig is the son of a preacher man who grew up in Missouri following in his father's footsteps of an inherent love of the performing arts.
Jeremy and I recently spoke on Hodge Podge Podcast about his life devoted to the performing arts. We talk everything from sweet tea, Shakespeare and life as a theater arts professor at Fayetteville State University.
Poetic Theater Productions' 5th Annual showcase of original work by #veterans, Veterans Voices, expressing their experiences and stories from within and beyond the #military will be held this coming Saturday, March 7th at 2pm Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street, New York, NY. The event will feature theater, poetry and music. According to Eastern North Carolina native and veteran Omar Columbus— whose #poetry will be featured at the event, "Poetic Theater Productions' 5th annual showcase of original work by veterans, Veteran Voices calls upon the traditions of past warrior cultures such as the Greeks, Romans, and Native Americans, who welcomed their military home in rituals of storytelling. Reviving these practices, military veteran artists take the stage to share their stories and experiences in a way that is both healing and informs others, sharing the moral burden of war. Following the showcase, there will be a post-show discussion on the movement to support existing and new programming in New York which highlights veteran voices...
It was only natural my first post of the new year would be an interview with a delightful and brilliant woman who shares a mutual love of Fayetteville, North Carolina. The same woman who welcomed me with open arms nearly a year ago to be a part of Fayetteville Bloggers Network, a highlight for me in 2019 as it has allowed me to embrace my community and grow in new contacts as well as friendships with creatives and business owners who share our vision and respect of this All-American City we call home. Jenny Bell , Communications & Social Media Specialist for the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB), prides herself as a displaced Texan who proudly calls Fayetteville, NC her “adopted hometown.” In her role with FACVB, she promotes Cumberland County as a tourism destination by leading the Fayetteville NC Blogger Network, managing the FACVB’s multiple social media outlets, and writing for the award-winning GoFayetteville.com blog (a fabulous resource for all individuals living in this area as well as potential visitors to our community).
2019 brought me the opportunity to interview some extremely inspirational, intelligent and talented women who came into my life either professionally or personally. It was such an honor to highlight their stories, and messages of hope. The world is filled with unique individuals that we can all learn from— I certainly benefited from each of the stories these women shared with me. If you are looking for #inspiration in the #newyear look no further! Here are the Top 6 Inspirational Interviews on #HodgePodgePodcast:
-Huntersville, North Carolina 👑 #CarolinaRenFest My lady family and I attended the Carolina Renaissance Festival last weekend in support of my cousin Ivy Mackinson— a talented thespian in the Charlotte area, who is a performer with the annual festival. When I was told we would be attending, I had no clue of the festival's magnitude… Continue reading Carolina Renaissance Festival
Photo by @styletobits Fayetteville, NC- Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Katlin McFadden, Business Coach with the Women’s Business Center with NC CEED in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina. https://instagram.com/nc_ceed?igshid=1lj1mzkr0j50c Katlin is a Social Media Marketing Expert, and talented Visual Artist. She is the owner of Katlin McFadden Studio where she is the creator… Continue reading Katlin McFadden- Marketing Virtuoso, Women’s Business Coach, Brilliant Artist
I was honored to speak with Tiffany Haywood— a military spouse, mom to six children, award-winning blogger (The Mrs. Tee Blog https://themrstee.com/), radio host (What's Going On Fayetteville), YouTuber (https://www.youtube.com/user/TeeLoveLifeLaughter/), technology and social media guru, and business consultant http://tiffanyhaywood.com/.
One year ago today, Mommy's Big, Red Monster Truck hit the presses! What was a little dream, became a huge accomplishment. Over the past year, there have been many firsts... holding my published children's book in my hands for the first time, attending my first bookstore author events, first library events, visiting elementary schools as an official author for the first time, reading my book to children across North Carolina, and the list goes on. The opportunity to share my children's travel and adventure picture book has been a priceless gift to me.